A former police officer in Texas orchestrated a plan to have a pregnant woman killed because she would not have an abortion.
Now, the three people involved in the murder will be locked up for decades.
Recently, officials in Texas announced the results of the most recent case that saw Freddie Smith convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life behind bars for the killing of Samantha Dean.
He was charged along with former Austin, Texas, police officer Vontrey Clark and their friend Kevin Watson in connection to the case.
The two other suspects were found guilty of murder-related charges. Clark was sentenced to life in prison and Watson was sentenced to 35 years incarceration.
According to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Clark hired Smith to kill Dean for $5,000. Clark wanted his on-and-off girlfriend dead because she was pregnant with his child and refused to have an abortion.
Clark had his friend, Watson, broker the murder-for-hire deal.
Dean was a former victims service counselor with the police department in Kyle, Texas, officials said. She was seven months pregnant when she was killed in 2015.
Clark lured Dean to Bastrop, Texas, and Smith shot her in the head at a vacant shopping center, officials said. Smith then fired an additional shot into her body.
"She died instantly and her unborn child suffocated,” Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz said, according to the Hays Free Press. “Madeline Dean died an agonizing death.”
In July 2015, Clark fled to Indonesia when warrants were unsealed. He was eventually sent back to Texas to face charges.
Both Dean’s mother and grandmother spoke during the killer’s sentencing hearings. Her sister and aunt also spoke about the impact her death had on their family.